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Old 01-23-2018, 09:09 AM
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Wondering if I'm being crazy or not here

Hey guys I have 2 cats both indoor guys and 2 dogs a pug and a pug mix. I was lax with my frontline treatment for a fee months last summer being as how I was experiencing panic attacks daily and barely remembered to eat food most days. A fee months ago in November I noticed flea dirt on my oldest pug and quickly combed him and found a few more. Gave them a bath in dawn and got them all back on advantage 2 asap. It's been a fee months now and I haven't seen signs of flea dirt or any live fleas just a larvae on my one cat that I combed off in early December.ive been keeping up on the vacuuming and washing everything about every 2 to 3 days now and giving them their advantage every 4 weeks on the nose. I noticed them itch from time to time but my pugs have always been slightly itchy dudes in the face area. Also been coming them every other day to check for signs of flea dirt and I don't think I've seen any just small occasional speck of hard black dirt from time to time that doesn't smear red. I was just wondering if my anxiety is getting the best of me here and am I doing all I can here for the pets. I don't wanna slip up again and let a reinfestation occur and have my guys get possibly sick over it. Oh I also sprayed a can of sentry home defense stuff that contains igr right after I first discovered the buggers. Thanks for any advice or stories you have to share because for 3 months now I've been worrying about a reinfestation about 5 times a day thanks guys
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Old 01-23-2018, 10:34 PM
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Advantage is fatal to cats. Of you don't see any more fleas and it's been a while, you're probably good.
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Are you treating the cats, or do the dog never go indoors? If not then you probably never completely got rid of them and you need to be treating the cats for fleas in addition to the dogs. Also realistically it takes about 9 months to be completely sure that you've cleared out the infestation in your home, simply because it only takes one flea to cause another outbreak and the pupa stage can go dormant for up to 9 months.
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Advantage is fatal to cats. Of you don't see any more fleas and it's been a while, you're probably good.
You may be thinking about Advantix. That one is toxic to cats. Advantage has cat formulas as well.
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They make a version of advantage specifically created for cats now that I treated them with at the same times as the dogs I would never use the dog stuff on them. The cats are both inside cats but I wanted to make absolutely sure. Also heard fleas don't go into the dormant state if they have animals around them that they think they can feed on is that true? I'm planning to stay thorough but it seems like all the info I got so far is probably more than what I'm going to get here. Thanks guys
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Quite truthfully, though, they are all toxic...
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So is letting flea infestations get out of control and causing your pets even more damage. I'll take my chances with a mass marketed product that is sold at 10 times less the toxicity of what would csuse the pets harm. Pribably won't check this thread anymore don't need this high horse nonsense
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Sorry I'd only heard of the advantix never knew there was an advantage that's safe for cats. Maybe it's new?
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So is letting flea infestations get out of control and causing your pets even more damage. I'll take my chances with a mass marketed product that is sold at 10 times less the toxicity of what would csuse the pets harm. Pribably won't check this thread anymore don't need this high horse nonsense
I haven't used any pesticides in years, no flea issues. First is creating a strong immune system, and then using wondercide. No toxic pesticides at all. There's alternatives out there...
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In regards to your question about the dormancy in the flea life cycle. Yes the puppa erupts into an adult based off environmental factors; which include heat, humidity, and vibrations. However the larvae stage instinctively goes towards the dark. Which means they bury themselves down in the carpet, baseboards, under furniture, and in the deepest cracks of your furniture. Unless your pets are frequenting all those places, there’s a fair chance that their vibrations might not wake a dormant pupae who has to wait for a change in temp or humidity for their signal to awake. The flea eggs don’t stick to your pet and fall off into the environment when they’re laid. The larvae doesn’t need to feed off your pet and has to spin a cocoon and be in that dormant stage transitioning into a pupae for at least 3 days. While you can use your pets as bait to “catch” and kill off the flea population, there is still the possibility for a pupae to remain dormant with a pet in the house just waiting for those other environmental factors so it can cause a new outbreak.
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